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Truman Marqquez' "Cirque De Masochistic"
A Fresh Perspective Truman Marquez
By J. Bean
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and Texas artist Truman Marquez has honed in on the right space for his 22-foot-tall painting "Cirque De Masochistic" at Infusion Gallery on Gallery Row situated in the heart of the explosion of trendiness in the swept-up, ultra-gentrified Downtown LA along Spring and Main streets. Impressive doesn't quite convey the impact of this amazing piece. Turning perspective on its ear, three segmented figures float in space in a dreamlike quality presented in an urban graffiti genre. The human forms pop from the background - a void - making a bold statement.
In contrast, the piece called "Judas Hangs in the Room of Golgotha" at first looks like a table and chair with a long shadow - subtle at first glance with underlying dimension. In the shadow is where the mystery of the name of the painting becomes clear, revealing a figure on a cross with a woman praying at his feet. By the figure of the crucifixion is a smaller one in a hangman's noose. The representation of Christ's death with Mary praying at his feet and possibly Judas hanging himself nearby is not the only interpretation of 21st century revisionist history; it could actually be Jesus himself hanging there, never having been crucified at all.
Along with these large pieces, Marquez is also showing smaller works. The smaller works bear allusions to Picasso's Cubist period. His mixed representation of still life objects and human figures takes an imaginative spin of "cohabitation" on separate planes, stylistic heavy black lines segmenting the canvasses into shards and then piecing them back together.
Opening reception on Thursday, June 9, 6-11p.m., thru June 24, Tues.-Sat. 12-7p.m.; Infusion Gallery (.com) 828 S. Main Street., Downtown LA. 213-683-8827.